By Sam Youngman - 02/18/11 06:26 AM EST
WOODSIDE, Calif. -- President Obama continued his outreach to business
leaders Thursday, meeting with some of the biggest names in technology
The president had dinner Thursday night at the secluded home of Ann and John Doerr with famous names in technology like Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg, Google head Eric Schmidt and Apple's Steve Jobs.
"The president believes that American companies like these have been leading by investing in the creativity and ingenuity of the American people, creating cutting-edge new technologies and promoting new ways to communicate," press secretary Jay Carney said.
Carney said the president "specifically discussed his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire, along with his goal of doubling exports over five years to support millions of American jobs."
Obama and the rest of the group also discussed "the importance of new investments in education and the new White House initiative Startup America, a partnership with the private sector aimed at supporting new startups and small businesses."
"The president expressed his desire to continue a dialogue with the group to share new ideas so we can work as partners to promote growth and create jobs in the United States," Carney said.